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MHST Operational and Clinical Service Manager

Devon Partnership NHS Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 a year
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 8A
Job summary

Children and Family Health Devon (CFHD) is the place to be! We have developed an innovative, integrated model of childrens community services and now looking to appoint enthusiastic individuals to join our friendly and dedicated locality and county-wide professional teams.

As a large community service, you will be joining a strong, enthusiastic and supportive group of professionals who will be your peers, your phone a friend network and your inspiring colleagues. This provides a real sense of professional collaboration at work, that will be an asset to your daily work, your career development and your support network.

We are excited to be advertising for two candidates to support the Child Wellbeing Practitioners (CWP) and the Mental Health Support Team (MHST) teams, on an internal secondment or an external fixed term contract until 31st March 2024. The two successful candidates will work closely together alongside the MHST/CWP Service Lead.

Main duties of the job

One of the roles will be more clinically focused, with one of the roles being more operationally focused, but both roles will need to work together to support the safe running of the service.

As both roles will cover Torbay and Devon, the candidates will need to be able to travel around, but can be based out of any of the following locations; Torbay, South Devon, Exeter or North Devon.

About us

Successful applicants will be employed by Devon Partnership Trust ( )

Children and Family Health Devon (CFHD) comprises an Alliance of NHS organisations working together to improve health outcomes for children and young people in Devon.

CFHD provides integrated care and treatment for children and young people across physical and mental health. We are working closely with other organisations and providers to ensure we deliver locality and county-wide based integrated access to all of our services, based on the i-Thrive Framework.

CFHD works closely with our local universities of Plymouth, Exeter & the Peninsula Medical School where we support students in clinical training placements and in addition support our own staff to undertake post graduate training.

Our integrated care and treatment has been developed and refined in partnership with children, young people and their families/carers.

Our children and young people say

We would like the people who work for Children and Family Health Devon to be understanding, patient and respectful. They should be trustworthy and make us feel safe and comfortable. It is important that they use their skills and experience to listen carefully in a non-patronising and non-judgemental way. When staff are positive and friendly, they help to create an environment that is informal and without pressure.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Full Vacancy details can be found on the attached Job Description/Person Specification. Please refer to your suitability to the post in your supporting information from the role requirements or person specification.

The post holder will work with the project manager to further develop the partnershipworking that is currently taking place between Education, Local Authority, CCG andCAMHS locality teams across Devon and Torbay.

The post holder will report to therelevant compliance boards and partnership meetings ensuring service delivery isreported on in line with expectations.

The post holder will be expected to lead the evolution of service development,implementation and total delivery of the Trail Blazer Mental Health Support Teams(MHST) across the whole of Devon and Torbay and be able to adapt to the servicegrowth with a measured and organised approach.

The post holder will be responsible for the overall effective clinical and operationalmanagement of the Trail Blazer Mental Health Support Team working with the MHST team managers and staff teams. They will use clinical expertise, effective leadership,change management and team building skills to monitor, evaluate and develop theservice provided.

The MHSTs will deliver evidence based interventions supporting emotional wellbeing,primarily in an educational setting. The post holder will be expected to embed strong androbust audit measures to ensure clinical outcomes are successful and in line withexpectations of this new and evolving service.

The post holder will be expected toemploy a range of embedded practice to quality assure activity in all aspects of theMHST delivery.

The service will be available Monday to Friday 9-5pm, though there may be times whenengagement events are required beyond 5pm in line with service delivery to supportwhole school engagement. It is essential that the post holder is flexible and willing totravel across Devon and Torbay.

The post holder will be expected to attend local, regional and national Trailblazer eventsand demonstrate substantial leadership skills in supporting the national evolution of theMHSTs.

Person Specification



  • Experience and understanding of working with education providers, understanding the pressures that staff in the school environment experience.
  • Proven experience of building and maintaining effective relationships with multi-agency colleagues who may hold different perspectives and priorities.
  • Extensive experience of managing a busy caseload of clients with a range of complex needs.
  • Substantial experience of working at a senior CAMHS Management level.
  • Extensive experience of providing clinical supervision and managing staff, including managing complex employee relations cases.
  • Budget management.
  • Extensive experience of leading a clinical team.
  • Experience of analysing and presenting complex data at a strategic level.

Knowledge, skills and abilities


  • comprehensive understanding of the Mental Health Act and mental health presentations in children/young people across the age range.
  • Proven comprehensive understanding of complex mental health Issues and the Early Intervention and Preventative practice.
  • Knowledge of relevant legislation and developments in the field of preventative early intervention in childrens mental health, including evidence-based practice.
  • Understanding of CYP-IAPT principles and application to practice.
  • Ability to be mobile across a geographical area



  • Professional clinical knowledge acquired through degree supplemented by post graduate diploma specialist training, management qualification or equivalent and experience.
  • A professional qualification relevant to childrens healthcare (such as Social Work, Nursing, Clinical Psychology, Occupational Therapy, Psychological Therapy Qualification, Speech and Language Therapy, Physiotherapy.)
  • Professional registration/accreditation with a recognised body, e.g. NMC, HCPC, Social Work England, UKCP, BABCP

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